First batch of Aarogya Doots receives certificate

The first batch of students of ‘Aarogya Doot’ programme, in which unemployed youth are trained to help the elderly, differently-abled persons and patients at hospitals and at homes, were issued certificates on completion of the 60-day residential course here on Friday.

The programme is taken up by NICE Foundation in partnership with Mission for Elimination of Poverty in Municipal Areas (MEPMA), Department of Municipal Administration.

“It’s a well-designed course and is what our country needs, especially when the aged group is growing,” said former secretary to Prime Minister and noted bureaucrat K.R. Venugopal, who gave away the certificates to students. “This goes a long way in helping source employment and job opportunities to the young population of the regions where MEPMA is intervening,” said Director of Municipal Administration and Mission Director, MEPMA, T.K. Sreedevi.

Skilling people to aid in home healthcare has several advantages such as cutting down on travel time and expenses, personalised attention, and recovering in a familiar and comfortable environment of one’s own home, she pointed out on the occasion.

NICE Foundation CEO Padmanabh Reddy credited Dr. Sreedevi with making the programme a success and observed it would be of great help for the aged and the needy population.

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